Student Voices

Want to know what it’s truly like to be an international student at your dream school? Read about the current experiences of real international students studying in the USA right now. Learn from them what it’s like to be in U.S. classrooms, make friends, get a job, and more.

My Winter Break Kick-off: New Beginnings and Exploration

My Winter Break Kick-off: New Beginnings and Exploration

Mai (Maya) Goto, a student at Truckee Meadows Community College, encountered big changes during her winter break! She moved out of her homestay and started a new phase, filled with friends, fun, and adventures including trips to Lake Tahoe and Seattl...

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February 21st, 2024
Starting a New Year or Starting a New You?

Starting a New Year or Starting a New You?

Dylana Camacho Orozco, an international student from Costa Rica, shares her experience of celebrating New Year's traditions from her home country in a new environment. She reflects on the importance of embracing new experiences and the optimism of st...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
February 5th, 2024
Fall Shenanigans at Green River College

Fall Shenanigans at Green River College

Fall quarter for international students at Green River College was a fun one with events ranging from outdoor hikes and karaoke nights to festive movie screenings and sports tournaments. Blogger Toby Cutts looks back at highlights, including a trip t...

A Wild and Wonderful Thanksgiving

A Wild and Wonderful Thanksgiving

Maya Goto, a student blogger at Truckee Meadows Community College, recounts her extraordinary Thanksgiving experience in the heart of Arizona. Accompanied by her host mother, Maya embarks on a seven-and-a-half-hour drive through Nevada and Arizona, e...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
December 22nd, 2023
Dealing with Homesickness as an International Student

Dealing with Homesickness as an International Student

Dylana Camacho Orozco from Costa Rica is studying at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada, and has been experiencing homesickness. “Personally, I believe that homesickness is not something that you can get rid of, it's something you lear...

American Experience Club — UW Huskies vs Utah Utes

American Experience Club — UW Huskies vs Utah Utes

Green River College’s American Experience Club sets out on an American adventure. “A group of eager students, armed with banners and boundless energy, embarked on an American football pilgrimage to see the mighty University of Washington face off aga...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
December 4th, 2023
Rise Up to the Challenge

Rise Up to the Challenge

Maya Goto reflects on the past three months since arriving at Truckee Meadows Community College where she is attempting to balance study, friendships, and work. She encourages students to take advantage of on-campus resources, which as Maya says, “[t...

Visiting Mount Rainier with Green River College

Visiting Mount Rainier with Green River College

On the last hot day in Seattle, and the last day that the trails on Mount Rainier were open, a group of students from Green River College set off on an epic adventure. An adventure that had many challenges: the club leaders woke up late, the student...

Finding Community at Hillsborough Community College

Finding Community at Hillsborough Community College

Helena Pamplona Ardigó is an international student from Brazil who is studying at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. She’s involved in many groups on campus including the Honors Club, Student Government Association, and is the presiden...

Meet Mai Goto, New Student Blogger from Japan

Meet Mai Goto, New Student Blogger from Japan

Mai (Maya) Goto from Japan is a new student blogger studying business at Truckee Meadows Community College. Mai is passionate about badminton and English and started dreaming about studying in the U.S. when she was 6 years old. “Now I’m in the U.S.!...

Introducing my Pura Vida Life

Introducing my Pura Vida Life

Dylana Camacho Orozco from Costa Rica is a new blogger studying at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. She reflects on how she came to the U.S., saying, “When I look at my old diary entries saying that I wanted to study abroad, I feel...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
October 16th, 2023
The Future: An International Student Perspective

The Future: An International Student Perspective

In her final post, Truckee Meadows Community College student blogger Alaine Marie Obra reflects on her journey so far. She says, “Knowing which career path you want to take can be confusing!” But Alaine looks excitedly to her future “to see what’s in...

It’s fall, once again!

It’s fall, once again!

Student blogger Alaine Obra’s second year at Truckee Meadows Community College has just begun! As an International Peer Mentor, she saw this year’s new international students and remembered how eager she was last year to start her new journey — and n...

Let’s Get Mental

Let’s Get Mental

Truckee Meadows Community College’s lead counselor Erin Frock talks to international student Alaine Obra about the benefits of caring for your mental health. Alaine is studying for an associate’s degree in computer science at Truckee Meadows Communit...

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